Pennsylvania State, WA Among 'Quiet Statements Win' Teams

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Pennsylvania State University running back Nick Singleton You’re on your way to college football stardom.

The Nittany Lions freshman Buck ran all over Auburn on Saturday with a commanding 41-12 victory. He gained his 124 total yards and on the ground he scored two touchdowns, leading Penn State to victory over his quality SEC opponents.

James Franklin’s program hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Miles Sanders did it in 2018. With his three games in the 2022 campaign now, Singleton seems to be on track to accomplish the feat.

“Pennsylvania State has now sorted out a major problem,” said FOX Sports college football analyst Joel Cratt. The name of the game is Nick Singleton.”

Kratt named Penn State University as one of three teams where “quiet statements win” on the latest episode of his new podcast.Joel Kratt Show.

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“It’s one of those rare moments in college football when a guy who’s supposed to be a guy in his first year is actually a guy,” Klatt said at Singleton.

Penn State is certainly near the top of the list when it comes to ranking college football’s Blue Bloods. Includes three double-digit winning seasons. However, the Nittany Lions have not met the program’s standards in the last two seasons, as they went 4-5 in the 2020 season, which was shortened due to the effects of the new coronavirus, and 7-6 last year.

Senior quarterback Sean Clifford bears much of the blame for the program’s shortcomings, despite being a four-year starter who threw for over 8,500 yards and scored 67 touchdowns throughout his career.

Clifford and the Penn State offense have struggled over the past two seasons, and much of that can be attributed to their lack of consistent fast-breaking presence. Now with Singleton leading the way, this attack seems to have a more balanced attack. This allows you to soften the enemy’s defenses and make them more multifaceted.

“This is the perfect scenario for Sean Clifford,” Kratt said. “If you don’t have to be perfect, he’s the type of quarterback that’s really good for you.”

Penn State will host Central Michigan (1-2) and Northwestern (1-2) before taking on the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines for the Big Ten showdown on October 15 in Ann Arbor.

“It’s going to be a great game,” Crutt said. , I fully expect to go into that match undefeated.It sets up a huge game.”

Another team to record a “Quiet Statement Victory” in Week 3 was the Washington Huskies. Kalen DeBoer’s team ran all over the Michigan team, outperforming his two opponents in the opening 87-13.

Washington QB Michael Pennix analyzed the Spartan defense, going 24-of-40 passes for 397 yards and four touchdowns, while the Huskies defense cut off the Spartan rushing offense.

“I couldn’t remember how great Michael Pennix was when he was healthy,” Kratt said of the Huskies’ senior signal caller. increase.”

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DeBoer served as Indiana’s offensive coordinator in 2019 while the Penix started under center and enjoyed a year-long career, leading the Hoosiers to an impressive 8-4 mark and a spot in the Gator Bowl.

The ex-Hoosier continued to cut through the Spartan defense that season, going for 286 yards and 3 points in a 40-31 shootout that resulted in the loss.

Reunited with his former OC in Washington, the Pennix have been playing as good as college football signal-callers over the past three weeks.

“Michael Pennix… nice to meet you,” Kratt said. “It was a great statement victory.”

The third team Klatt called out for scoring a quiet statement win on Monday’s podcast was the Kansas Jayhawks.

Junior quarterback Jaron Daniels threw for 158 yards and three touchdowns, added 123 yards and scored two on the ground, and Kansas improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2009, going 48-30 to Houston on Saturday. I won.

The Jayhawks win marked the first time since 2007 that the program won back-to-back road games.

“It’s hard to overstate how great this is,” Klatt said of Kansas’ undefeated start. “Lance Leipold is doing God’s work in Lawrence, Kansas.”

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Leipold arrived in Kansas last season after serving as head coach at Buffalo from 2015-2020. He took over the Kansas program, which was finishing a winless season (0-9) in 2020, going 2-10 in its first season, making a 3-0 start to the year all the more impressive. Kratt said fans should have seen this hot start coming.

“This didn’t just come out of nowhere,” Kratt said. “There are patterns in how we take and extract programs in the weeds.

“You lose big. If you’re doing the right things and improving, you end up losing small. Everyone wants to get to the point where you’re winning, but they’re What I don’t understand is that there is a step before that.”

After going just 1-8 in play in the Big 12 last season, the Jayhawks pulled off a memorable upset win over Texas late in the schedule. Kansas followed up that game with a 31-28 loss to TCU and a 34-28 loss to West Virginia.

“We should have known something was brewing,” Kratt said. We have taken the necessary steps to do so.”

Kansas is scheduled to face Duke on Saturday at 12:00 PM ET in an undefeated program battle.

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